Aromatherapy in the Office!
Mondays tend not to be the nicest day of the week but a treat was in store for workers in our Central Services offices in Billericay one Monday in April when one of our customers came to visit with her aromatherapy oils!
Bernadette, who lives in one of our supported living services in Leyton, is studying for a Diploma in Aromatherapy and came to Billericay to practice her skills to help her with her course.
Rebecca, Bernadette’s support worker, contacted staff at Central Services to see if anyone would like to help Bernadette with her course by being a client for a massage and places were snapped up!
Bernadette has been studying since last September and will finish her course in July. Bernadette has always been interested in aromatherapy and has wanted to do it for years so she started a college course through the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy and is really enjoying it.
Bernadette met the course instructor, who made her feel at ease, and she started the course which is quite challenging but very enjoyable. It includes massage, anatomy and physiology and clinical aromatherapy. Bernadette is also learning about chinese medicine.
One of the offices at Billericay was made into a treatment room complete with professional massage table and four staff were treated to a very relaxing massage. There were more people who wanted to take part but time did not allow so Bernadette is going to come back again later in the year.
Bernadette had this to say about the day:
I found it really helpful to practice on new clients and having the space to move around and do things properly. Clients were so willing and open to try out the aromatherapy massage techniqes.